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The Ben Heck Show

Join master hacker, engineer, and conjurer of cool stuff Ben Heck as he tackles new projects each week. Want to see him transform an Atari into a handheld system? Stuff an Xbox into a Macbook? Construct a Gary Oldman pinball machine?

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Want to do cool projects? Ben teaches you all the basics to get started using the Arduino from installing the Integrated Development Environment to using outputs, inputs and more.
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Ben shows you the basics of a PIC32 microcontroller and how to use it in your projects!
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Ben shows you how to design and print 3D objects with AutoDesk 123D Design.
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Ben creates a motorized web camera using the Raspberry Pi.
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A viewer challenges Ben to build a small, portable CNC machine. Can Ben not only design it, but get it running G-code as well? Ben also starts the Xbox 360 laptop design.
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Ben takes on the challenge to hack a cheap LCD and see if he can make it work after removing it from the original driver board. He shares tips on how to identify the best screens to salvage and helps you decide if a hack is worth your time.
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Got a briefcase? Then get to building your portable 3D printer. Make awesome 3D objects wherever you are - think of the possibilities!
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In a throwback to the 80s, Ben builds a Pocket BASIC computer, complete with keyboard and screen.
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Ben gets to work on a Raspberry Pi gaming device you can take anywhere. In part one Ben gets the electronics working and installs MAME on the Raspberry Pi.
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Tired of lugging around a bunch of stuff at airports, Ben builds Robot Luggage to help lighten the load with the help of Jesse Robinson!
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Ben fulfills a young viewer's birthday wish and builds an anti-pickpocket wallet. Ben starts off with using discreet logic to create a small anti-theft device that fits into a wallet. If a capitative switch that identifies the owner isn't triggered, an alarm is set off. After unexpected results, Ben moves onto a solution using a microcontroller and makes wallet thieves regret their lives of crime!
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Ben finishes his Raspberry Pi portable gaming device.
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As a graphic designer turned engineer, Ben has a treasure trove of tips and tricks for making your electronics projects look awesome. In this episode he'll provide insight on the process of designing, explain some parameters to keep in mind, as well as share his thoughts in creating an aesthetically pleasing design.
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Ben makes real-world versions of Minecraft blocks, switches, torches and redstone needed to build logic gates.
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This week, Ben begins work on a quadcopter!
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Ben takes apart a ZX Spectrum and mods it!
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A retro computer for only about $35? Watch Ben build a retro-styled computer using the Raspberry Pi!
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Ben takes a viewer suggestion to make a coin-operated power strip so kids can earn tokens for game play.
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Ben solders a mini oscilloscope to demonstrate surface mount soldering technique.
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Ben Heck continues his epic journey to build a ZX Spectrum handheld device!
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It's part 2 of Ben's quadcopter project!
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In this episode of the Ben Heck Show we're building a customized game controller to help someone play Madden 2011, and also starting up the build on an Xbox 360 laptop.
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Always a fan of mechanized equipment, Ben sets out to build his own 3D printer and finds it to be quite the battle!
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Ben shows you how to build your own AVR development board and how to use it in your projects.
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Ben runs through what it takes to build a pinball machine!
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Ben gets back to work on his motorized camera dolly. In today's episode he adds the final electronics and captures some test footage. Plus, Ben shows off his Oculus Rift headset, which may be the next big thing in virtual reality gaming. As an extra bonus, be sure to catch Alyson trying the incredible immersive technology for herself.
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Ben builds a retro 1970's styled Xbox 360 portable to promote some upcoming Atari games. Break out the bell bottoms, cue the 8-track and tag along!
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Ben continues to work towards building the ultimate 3D printer that can print two objects at once! In today's episode he finishes building the printer and shows it in action!
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Ben takes on a viewer challenge to create a TV proximity sensor to keep kids from sitting too close to the screen and ruining their eyes. He builds a device that uses an infrared sensor to set off flashing LEDs and a piezo buzzer if kids move too closely to where it's mounted on the TV.
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Ever need a cold drink right now? In this episode, Ben Heck uses peltiers to create an Arduino-controller Super Can Cooler!
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Ben goes over schematics, a basic part of any electronics project. He shows what the symbols mean and how to go from schematic to working project.
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The Ben Heck Show presents a public service announcement to help you avoid frying your electronics projects.
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Ben tears apart a broken laser printer to see what parts he can salvage from it. He finds a variety of useful items from springs to opto-interrupters and muses about how the parts can be incorporated into future projects. A heap of ABS plastic is left in the wake of the teardown and gets Ben brainstorming ideas of how it could be turned into 3-D printer filament instead of going into the recycling bin. Ben ends up with a bunch of new parts!
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Ben continues to work towards building a MIDI guitar with an Ableton APC40 he modded in the last episode. Today he builds a custom enclosure and shows off the finished build.
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Ben takes on a viewer challenge to build an inexpensive, do-it-yourself camera dolly for taking better digital photos and creating time lapses.
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Ben goes over everything you need to know to get started with programming.
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Ben builds a new version of one his most popular creations - the Portable Work Bench! Also, on Pinball Wars they get the prototyping system up and working.
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Ben's friend The Longhorn Engineer challenges him to build an automatic, domestic can crusher. Ben also starts building the case for the Xbox 360 laptop.
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Ben builds his smallest, coolest and most likely, last, Xbox 360 laptop.
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Its all about enclosures this week as Ben gets to work on a custom case!
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Ben learns how to design a PCB in CadSoft EAGLE and teaches you what he learns along the way. He shares schematic design tips and takes you through the steps of creating your first custom PCB.
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Ben Heck goes old-school and builds a portable version of the infamous Sega CD-ROM game system.
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Ben continues his work creating game controllers for people with disabilities and builds a one-handed Xbox One controller. He takes you through the steps of moving around the controls and putting everything back together again.
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Ben modifies the Squatch tracker into a robot that runs on logic gates. Ben explains what logic gates are and how to use them.
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Ben builds a smart mailbox that let's you know when you've got mail.
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Ben Heck builds hand-crank chargers for Android phones, continues work on his new pinball machines and brings an LCD back from the dead.
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Ben Heck restores a 34 year old drill press that needs a lot of TLC.
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Ben works on some ways to automate functions into an existing home. Door Buzzer? Coming right up!
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A roll of tape mysteriously rolls off the desk at the Ben Heck headquarters. The team sets out to find the ghost responsible - with chilling results!
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During the lazy videogame and football months of winter, Ben builds a device to promote even more laziness - a controller mounted Hot Pocket Dispenser!
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Ben builds a custom case for the Ultimate Combo Gaming System. After completing the project, he shows the combo system in action.
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Tired of hard-to-program alarm clocks? Ben builds one he thinks will be easier to use.
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In the spirit of CES, Ben builds a mod for the ever-popular consumer electronic device, the iPhone.
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In this episode, Ben gets in the holiday spirit and builds a "Naughty or Nice" Meter.
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Ben shows you the tools you need for modding, hacking, and building projects.
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Ben takes his use of 3D printers to the next level and tries 3D scanning. He attempts to scan a variety of objects with the Cubify Sense 3D scanner to discover how to get the most out of the device and to create the best prints possible. Ben shows you how to build a rotational device for the scanner and shares what he learns about 3D scanning along the way.
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Ben visits Madison Area Technical College to solve three problems with their high end oscilloscopes.
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Ben builds the automatic sunglasses he's been dreaming about for years.
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In this episode, Ben continues building the ultimate 3D printer.
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Learn the basics of the LaunchPad development board!
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Ben hacks an old See 'n Say toy with quotes from Dave Jones of the EEVBlog.
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Ben loses his challenge with Darren from Hak5 but he is still able to complete the baby rocker. Faced with a safety issue for Alyson's bike he builds a bicycle mod for two!
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Ben begins building a 3D printer that can print two identical objects simultaneously. In this episode he'll build the duel extruders.
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Join Ben Heck on some of his daily adventures in this episode that covers his life outside of the show.
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Ben Heck gets a new CNC machine and sets it up so he can build pinball cabinets. He also discusses using embedded processors for pinball and other functions.
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Ben continues his work to create the OUYA portable his viewers challenged him to build. In this part of the process, he opens the controller to see how he can mod it for his device. After deciding on a plan, he builds the controls for his device from the hacked OUYA controller. Now that the electronics are ready, he can get to work designing a cool case.
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Ben and Alyson decide to make text radios for this year's Maker Faire.
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Ben Heck continues his quest to build real-world versions of Minecraft blocks.
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Ben Sawyer of The Games for Health Foundation challenges Ben to build a multifunctional gaming console that kids can play with outside.
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In the spirit of "turkey sandwiches for weeks," Ben looks around his shop to see what project he can make from the year's leftover parts.
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Ben turns an infrawave toaster oven into a solder reflow oven that can be used with PCB's.
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In this episode, Ben builds a specialized laptop computer you can comfortably use in the coach section of an airplane. He also begins the final wiring of the Xbox 360 laptop.
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Ben kicks off the season 3 by starting a device which will prevent teenage drivers from texting while they drive. To enter to win this build, please go to element14.com/tbhs
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Ben builds a coin operated tabletop arcade machine. In this part of the projects, he hacks an old CRT, PC power supply, and JAMMA connector.
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In the spirit of Halloween, Ben gets to work on a prank candy bowl that's sure to scare your friends and trick-or-treaters. The first step is getting the bowl to move mechanically. Ben tries out a few ideas before getting to work constructing a spring-loaded arm.
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